National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland, 2014

A preserved area of a WW2 airfield. Spacious layout with accessible airliners including a dramatically presented Concorde, but the three other main hangars are densely packed with interesting aircraft. With large information blinds, photography inside is not easy.

Really friendly staff and a great cafe made my visit a pleasure. My visit was in September 2014

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Aero S-103 (MiG-15bis) 3677 Czech Air Force
Air and Space 18A Gyroplane G-BVWK Originally built by Fairchild for the Umbaugh Aircraft Corporation in 1959
Armstrong Whitworth (Gloster) Meteor NF.14 G-ARCX Ex WM261. Used as a trials aircraft by AW and Ferranti during the 1960's
Avro Anson C.19 Series 2 G-APHV Ex VM360
Avro Vulcan B.2A XM597 Falklands War veteran flew two attack missions, armed with Shrike missiles. After the second, a refuelling fault forced it to divert to Brazil where it was detained for 7 days.
BAC One-Eleven 510ED G-AVMO British Airways
BAC Sud Aviation Concorde G-BOAA British Airways
Beagle A.61 Terrier 2 G-ARSL VF581 Ex Auster AOP.6
Beech E18S G-ASUG Loganair
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B XT288 In service from 1966 to 1994. A ground accident meant that this never saw service in the Gulf
Boeing 707-400 G-APFJ BOAC: cockpit and front fuselage display area. This is all that remains of Cosford's 707
Bristol Beaufighter TF.X RD220 Ex Portuguese Air Force. Being assessed for possible restoration
Bristol Brabazon nosegear   Nosegear demonstration rig. I'm not clear as to whether it's from the aircraft itself.
British Aerospace Jetstream 3100 G-JSSD Originally Jetstream 1 G-AXJZ, went to the USA for ten years and returned to be converted into the Mk31 prototype
British Aerospace Jetstream Super 31 N14234 Fuselage mockup apparently converted from Jetstream 1 G-BBBV and N14234 of Pacific Coast Airlines
Britten-Norman BN2A Islander G-BELF Scottish Ambulance Service livery. Officially now registered G-HEBZ
de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth VH-UQB Ex G-ABDW, exported to Australia in 1933. Restored to the Strathallan Collection in 1977
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth G-AOEL Previously with the Strathallan Collection
de Havilland DH.84 Dragon VH-SNB Australian-built, Royal Australian Air Force A34-13. Brought to UK in 1974
de Havilland DH.104 Dove 6 G-ANOV Civil Aviation Authority
de Havilland DH.106 Comet 4C B-BDIX Dan-Air London Ex XR399
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom FAW22 WW145 Built as an FAW21, (Fighter - All-Weather) upgraded with a more powerful engine to an FAW22
Druine D.31 Turbulent G-AVPC  
English Electric Lightning F2A XN776  
Fairchild (Bristol) Bolingbroke IVT 9940 Canadian-built trainer - nearly ready for painting
Ferranti Phoenix   Day/night battlefield surveillance remotely piloted vehicle. Lost a 1984 contest with a GEC Marconi RPV
Fly Buy Ikarus C-42 FB80 G-SJEN Note the fuselage of BEA Vickers Viscount V.701 G-AMOG, moved here from Cosford and awaiting reassembly
General Aircraft GAL-42 Cygnet II G-AGBN Impressed to the RAF as ES915 - WW2 trainer for nosewheel techniques. Ex Strathallan Collection
Hawker Sea Hawk F2 WF259 Built by Armstrong Whitworth at Baginton
Hawker Siddeley P-1127 Harrier XV277 Oldest surviving Harrier - development aircraft with elements of a GR1 and GR3
Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2P nose XV241 Dismantled at Kinloss in 2011
Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C cockpit G-ARPH Ex BEA/British Airways cockpit
McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom II 155848 WT-11 US Marines Vietnam veteran. Ex FAA Museum, Yeovilton
Messerschmitt Me163B-1a Komet 191659  
Miles M18 Mk II G-AHKY Ex HM545. All four M18s built were different. This is the sole survivor - after WW2 it had a successful racing career. Ex Strathallan Collection
Morane Saulnier MS 505a Criquet (Fieseler Fi 156 Storch) G-BIRW F-IS Ex OO-FIS and F-BDQS. Served with the with l'Armee de l' Air in French Indo-China
Panavia Tornado F3 ZE934 TA Gulf War Operation Granby veteran. Impossible to photograph the whole plane.
Percival P.56 Provost T1 G-BDYG 29 Ex WV493
Piper PA-24-260 Comanche 260B G-ATOY Myth Too. In this, Sheila Scott flew round the world twice and broke many world records. It was crashed by a later owner.
Saunders-Roe Skeeter AOP.12 XL762  
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer Series 3 G-BBVF Ex XM961 in Borneo. Based with Flight One at Shobdon until damaged in a gale in 1982
SEPECAT Jaguar GR1A XZ119 Back in its 1991 Gulf War pink paint
Spartan Cruiser III G-ACYK Three-engined 6-passenger airliner. Operated by Northern and Scottish Airways, this crashed near Largs in 1938 and fuselage was recovered in 1974.
Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe TE462